When I teach on the Holy Spirit a question I often encounter is, “Why do so many churches seem to ignore the Holy Spirit?”
Maybe this verse gives us some of the answer.
Galatians 4:6 (ESV) And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be one of the disciples when Jesus was walking around? To eat with him, shop with him, lay down to sleep in the same room with him —- how great! Or would it? How often do I want to be like Adam and Eve in the garden and cover up and hide. Do I REALLY want Jesus close by ALL the time?
Since the Spirit is “the Spirit of his Son” that is exactly what is true. To all indwelt by the Spirit — Jesus is with me and in me all of the time. If I seek to ignore him is it because I am still trying to cover my shame and guilt? Am I wanting to think, speak or act out of my own desire and love of self?
How would my thinking, speaking and choosing be different if I was constantly aware of His presence? And what if I could sense his warm smile saying, “I love you and made all of the sacrifice needed just so we could be together.”